By Peyton Gray, Sports Editor-
The Chattanooga FC has announced a new documentary titled No Matter What: The Rise of Chattanooga FC. The series will premiere in March 2021 on WTCI, Chattanooga’s PBS member station.
With 2009 origins, the club now has more than 3,300 owners from all over the world.
Their inaugural 2009 season was a struggle. Playing in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL)–they won just four games–finishing third in the Southeast Division.
2010 saw a new Chattanooga FC. They won the conference and made it to the finals before suffering a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to the Sacramento Gold in the 2010 NPSL Championship game.
After a less than ideal 2011 season, 2012 saw a team much like 2010. They won the South Southeast Conference West to advance to the NPSL Finals once again. As with 2010, they were defeated in the Championship game.
The documentary will go into detail about their transition to professional status. The club made history in 2019 by becoming the first to offer ownership to the public. This enterprise granted the club owners from all 50 states and 25 different countries.
The docu-series will also mention the conflicts the club faced during the ongoing pandemic. They were no strangers to having to suspend games due to COVID-19.
“At this time, the NISA league office has decided to suspend matches for the next 30 days,” the club said in March 2020. “It is not a decision that we take lightly, but ultimately we love our fans, players, and employees too much to put them in any danger.”
The team is devoted to the Chattanooga community as a whole through their CFC Foundation.
Since its inception in 2015, over 1,000 kids have enrolled in Operation Get Active–created by CFC that uses soccer to improve health and fitness in Chattanooga’s youth. Another Foundation initiative, Chattanooga Sports Ministries, coaches soccer to inner-city children.
The series will run over a six week period as a limited series.